Pope calls for prayer and dialogue in Brazil

Pope Francis called for “prayer and dialogue” in Brazil on Wednesday as a political crisis threatens to unseat President Dilma Rousseff.

Addressing Portuguese-speaking pilgrims during his General Audience, Pope Francis turned his thoughts to Brazil.

“In these days, as we prepare for the feast of Pentecost, I ask the Lord to abundantly pour out the gifts of His Spirit, so that the country, in these moments of difficulty, proceeds on the path of harmony and peace, with the help of prayer and dialogue,” Pope Francis said.

Brazil’s Senate will vote on Wednesday on whether to put Rousseff on trial for breaking budget rules, amid expectations she will become the country’s first leader in more than two decades to be removed from office.

If her opponents garner a simple majority of the 81 senators, Rousseff will be suspended for up to six months during the trial and Vice President Michel Temer will take power.